Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Primary Care

Reported frequency of domestic violence: cross sectional survey of women attending general practice

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:271

Rapid Response:

Making the Connections on Violence

Though the charts may be surmised as providing the distinctions
between physical and emotional violence upon women, making the connections
between forms of violence as exhibited in the home place or the work place
might prove to be advantageous to women, and to men alike. If children
were added, the whole picture might take on daunting parameters in the
measurement of violence in society.

Because domestic violence in the home can become physical violence
more quickly than in the workplace, it does not mean that the workplace is
free from violence.

The charts are applicable to either home place violence or work place
violence, particularly where the demand for sexual access is already
recognized as a workplace violence phenomenon.

The low figures for reporting may be reflected by that disparate use
of characteristics associated with women by confining the charts to either
home place or work place instead of being universally recognized as
indicators of violence perpetrated upon women, regardless of source or
location - and regardless of age.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 June 2010
Pat Ross